The Balcony Restaurant

July 27, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Balcony Restaurant
129 North Terrace
Strathmore Hotel
South Australia 5000

Fine Stone Grill Dining And Great Service

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $77 / AUD $64 per person.


Located within The Strathmore Hotel along North Terrace in Adelaide City, The Balcony Restaurant is a multiple award winning fine dining establishment that offers the best in Australia cuisine with affable and welcoming service.

With floor to ceiling glass panels, The Balcony Restaurant has the clean lines and bright lights of a fine dining establishment. Along with their comfortable furniture and linear floor layout, The Balcony Restaurant proudly displays their list of awards won annually along their walls. However, the cutlery is slightly aged, and shows signs of wear.

The Balcony Restaurant Signage

Awards On The Wall

The Balcony Restaurant Dining Area

The Balcony Restaurant Interior

The Balcony Restaurant Address And Contact

Table Setting

The Balcony Restaurant Facade

The Balcony Restaurant Exterior

Sign Board

The Strathmore Hotel Signage

The Balcony Restaurant Opening Hours

The Balcony Restaurant Annual Awards

Service at The Balcony Restaurant is friendly and welcoming, with staff checking to see if your dining experience is as comfortable as possible. While you'll need to wait slightly for food, service is efficient and quick. Change requests are easily accomodated. Staff also put in little touches like handwritten thank you notes, it looks like they clearly enjoy their job!

If dining with the Stone Grill, staff will advise on cooking time and methods when serving you the food. They will also offer to change the stone if it gets cold during a long meal. I find them to be knowledgable about their products, and able to offer suggestions / advice well, including pairing of wine with food.

Hand Written Thank You Note & Smiley

Sample Of Signature Cocktail Menu

Sample Of Stone Grill Mains Menu

Stone Grill Description

Sample Of Dessert Menu

Food is excellent at The Balcony Restaurant, with a good selection of appetizers / soups / salads, main courses, and desserts. The drinks selection at The Balcony Restaurant is extensive, with a huge list of locally produced wine, beer, cocktails and more. All produce and ingredients used are fresh, and effort is made to keep them relatively healthy, such as trimming off fat and using less oil. This kind of excellent quality and simplicity allows the natural taste to shine in their dishes, and I felt that overall prices were reasonable and value for money.

The Balcony Restaurant is known for its Stone Grill dining, where diners cook their own food on hot stones. This method of cooking is both enjoyable and engaging; cooking the ingredients quickly while locking in the natural juices, flavours and nutrients. As a result of this 'dry cooking', little to no oil is used, and the resulting flavour is clean, fresh and absolutely lovely. Stone Grill dining is somewhat of a novelty concept in Australia, and The Balcony Restaurant in Adelaide capitalises on this concept to its fullest.

Stone Grill With Garlic, Potates, Mushroom Gravy

Raw Food For Grilling - King Prawn, Emu, Crocodile, Barramundi Fish On A Bed Of Salad

Aussie Fare Customized Set Meal

The Strathmore Saltarello is the house signature cocktail, a blend of strawberry liqueur, fresh strawberry fruits, pineapple juice, amaretto, vanilla vodka and salt.

The Strathmore Saltarello

This nutritious, lean, and low-fat white meat is farmed from Saltwater Crocodile in Australia. Crocodile has a delicate flavour similar to a mix of chicken and crab, with a texture that is slightly tougher than chicken, yet still tender and juicy. It should be cooked all the way through.

Crocodile 01

Crocodile 02

Crocodile 03

This popular table fish is common in Australia, and should be cooked all the way through. Barramundi fish has a delicate white colour, a firm yet flaky texture, and smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Barramundi tends to fall apart if cooked too long.

Barramundi 01

Barramundi 02

Barramundi 03

Emu meat is very similar to beef, with a reddish colour and slightly tough texture. The taste is slightly more gamey in nature. Emu meat is sourced from local farms, and can be consumed at various stages of cooking just like beef; raw, medium or well done.

Emu 01

Emu 02

Emu 03

King Prawn is a rather large, meaty seafood sourced from local fisheries in Port Adelaide. King Prawn cooks quickly, within just 1 minute or so.

King Prawn 01

King Prawn 02

King Prawn 03

The Brandy And Macadamia Pudding features a warm chocolate pudding studded with macadamia nuts, raisins and doused with brandy, served along with fresh local straberries, a spicy caramel sauce, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Brandy And Macadamia Pudding 01

Brandy And Macadamia Pudding 02


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